Florentine artist Alesso Baldovinetti died on this day in 1499. The eldest son of a wealthy merchant who rejected his expected career in commerce to become an artist, Alesso was part of the second generation of quattrocento painters active in Florence. Unfortunately, Baldovinetti often experimented with his technique, which has led to the degradation of several of his works.
Reference: Ailsa Turner. “Baldovinetti, Alesso.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
Further reading: Alesso Baldovinetti Pittore Fiorentino: Con L’Aggiunta Dei Suoi Ricordi by Emilio Londi (2010)
Annunciation, 1447, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Nativity, 1460-2, Santissima Annunziata, Florence
Portrait of a Lady in Yellow, c. 1465, National Gallery, London